Issues in Health
The most significant public policy issue regarding the long term care services is the potential distress that the baby boomers may pose to the health care systems in the future. It is not guaranteed that adequate resources and an effective healthcare system will be available in the next thirty years.
One of the predictions for the global healthcare system as the baby boomers reach the retirement age is an increased demand for Medicare assistance and care. Such a change will not only deplete the available resources for future generations but also result in increased inflation and taxes (Badley et al., 2015). The increased Medicare costs and insurance plans for the baby boomers will also augment the national debts indefinitely. Most baby boomers are associated with chronic illnesses; thus, they are expected to strain the healthcare providers as well as the Medicare frameworks.
The aging process entails multiple chronic diseases; thus, the health care sector is expected to design a system that diagnoses, prevents, assesses, and treats these conditions, which will be expensive. The healthcare providers will therefore have to cater for the financial costs incurred by these chronic illnesses associated with the baby boomers. The lingering conditions are also likely to increase the vulnerability of the mentioned population to other illnesses, which would further augment the financial burden on the mentioned stakeholders (Lane et al., 2016). Each elder has four aging shocks; the unpaid costs of prescribed drugs, unpaid Medicare costs, real costs of personal insurance, and unpaid long term care costs. When calculated, the life time costs of the baby boomers’ aging shocks further raises the financial burden on the health care sector. Therefore, drastic alterations should be implemented in the health care system to ensure the health concerns posed by the baby boomers do not worsen.
Baby boomers are expected to pose many health concerns in the health care sector. Some of these effects include increased costs of medical care and insurance, which will result in a financial burden for healthcare providers.
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